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Lakeside, country music concert to benefit AIS fund

“The Podunk Poets” have been on the bill with the likes of Sturgill Simpson, Merle Haggard and Tim McGraw. They’re performing at Sleeping Fawn Resort and Campground Sunday, Aug. 16. The band comprises drummer Patrick Generosa, bass player Grady Hutt, vocalist Cindy-lou Jollotta, vocalist Kelly Kidd and guitarist Jake Kelly.

Sleeping Fawn Resort and Campground is hosting its 2nd annual lakeside concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16.  The show is a public fundraiser for the aquatic invasive species fund.   “The Podunk Poets,” a honkytonk and classic country-inspired band from Los Angeles, will return for the beach-front event.  “This band performed here last year with great success,” said resort owner Joe Scharber. “It should be a fun afternoon for a good cause.”  

The concert is free and open to the public, but donations will be requested for the AIS program. Attendees should bring their own beverage, chair and umbrella. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.  The rowdy, duet-fronted band creates original music inspired by their love of country duet legends such as Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty.  “The Podunk Poets are a fairly fun band...ah, who are we kidding? We’re a very, very fun band. We’re about having a good time most all the time,” said Kelly Kidd, the male frontman of “The Podunk Poets.”  “But we have a serious side, too. This is part of the reason we jumped at the opportunity to play the Sleeping Fawn Resort’s benefit for the AIS fund. Aquatic invasive species in the land of 10,000 lakes can disrupt the balance of the ecosystem, harm the existing fauna and flora, and has the potential to cut into the livelihood of the fine people in Minnesota.”  

Kidd migrated from St. Cloud to California.  “We may be from Los Angeles, but we know where to go for a good time,” Kidd said on behalf of the band. “We prefer to have it kept the way it has always existed; how it is supposed to be. This is where we escape...and we’d like to leave it in better condition than when we got here. This benefit is a small way of us giving back towards this goal.”  Last year’s benefit concert raised $1,029 for the Hubbard County Food Shelf and the Headwaters Animal Shelter.  “It went swimmingly. That’s literally swimmingly: we jumped in the lake stage clothes and all after the show,” said Kidd. “It was one of the most fun shows we have played and we can’t wait to get back!”  The band invites everyone to dance and have a good time.  

They enjoyed themselves so much last year, they included footage from the Park Rapids concert in their most recent music video, noted Scharber, who started following “The Podunk Poets” on Facebook a few years ago.  The “Podunk Hoedown” music video can be found on YouTube or on the band’s website at www.the podunkpoets.com.

 The band’s new album, “Studio Sessions,” has just been released on iTunes and Amazon.  Sleeping Fawn Resort and Campground is located in the Mantrap Valley on the north shore of Stocking Lake. For more information, call 732-5356.  

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